President Barack Obama makes a point during his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2011. Watch this year’s speech at Ventnor, where partygoers pick a word and get $1 jello shots if the President says it. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)


The Empresarios

This local eight-piece band mixes dub, hip-hop, reggae, trip-hop, funk and house with beats from the favelas of Brazil, Tropicalia, salsa, samba and more. Hear the band’s sunny songs at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.


State of the Union Party

For seven years running, Ventnor is the place to be if you want to mix the State of the Union address with good, old-fashioned jello shots. When you get there, pick a word you expect President Obama to say during the speech (Freedom? Jobs? America? Newt Gingrich?) and you’ll get a $1 jello shot when he does.


Bill German reading

As a young boy from Brooklyn in the 1970s, Bill German became an avid Rolling Stones groupie, eventually creating what became the band’s official newsletter and being a fly on the wall for some of their most infamous concerts, recording sessions and bitter fights. He reads from his new book, “Under Their Thumb: How a Nice Boy from Brooklyn Got Mixed Up with the Rolling Stones (and Lived to Tell About It),” at the Arlington Central Library.


H Street Karaoke Championship

Expect to see sweeping leg kicks, pelvic thrusts, outlandish costumes and a wide (and we mean wide) range of vocal ability at this year’s annual H Street Karaoke Championship, held at the Rock and Roll Hotel.


Noam Chomsky

In the recent past, the Occupy movement has appropriated Noam Chomsky’s ideologies for their own purposes. The intellectual delivers one of the University of Maryland’s Dean’s Lectures to address today’s political climate.


Last chance: ‘Robert Hoffman: The Largest Collection of Handcrafted Harmonica Cases in the World’

Over the course of his long career, Robert Hoffman has made more than 350 harmonica cases with an array of artists. The display of some of these cases at Artisphere closes on Saturday. 


Chinese New Year Parade

The organizers of the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown have said that they’re aiming to make this year’s parade bigger and better than ever before. Catch the festivities on H Street NW, starting at 2 p.m. Expect dragon dancers, fireworks and more.